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1930: Znosko-Borovsky Simultaneous Display, Leeds

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On 30/10/1930, in Leeds, the Russian Eugene A. Znosko-Borovsky took on 22 Leeds players simultaneously, winning 13, drawing 6 and losing 3.

 

The Leeds players who won their games were Julius Silverman, 17-year-old Abba Rivlin, and F. Lilley.

 

On being interviewed by a Yorkshire Evening Post reporter, young Abba Rivlin said Znosko-Borovsky had resigned on move 42, and also explained his winning strategy was the Scotch Gambit (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4).  As the report said it was thus that Abba had beaten Znosko-Borovsky, it rather implies the Russian was playing alternately White and Black along the series of boards, which some simultaneous players did do, though taking White on all boards was the norm.

 

(Yorkshire Evening Post, 31/10/1930)

 

Created

08/11/2019

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

08/11/2019